When someone is injured because of another person’s careless or thoughtless actions, they may want to consider taking legal action to fight for financial compensation for those injuries. This compensation can provide much-needed assistance with various costs brought on by an accident and injury. In many cases, this compensation can make the difference in establishing relative financial stability or dipping into significant debt. The amount of compensation you can receive in a personal injury claim is primarily driven by your damages.
Financial compensation won through a personal injury claim may provide many important benefits. These benefits can help a household establish financial security after an injury and, through that security, focus on recovery and healing instead of current financial concerns. Some ways in which compensation may help a victim include:
- Paying for medical bills, including long-term care
- Paying for travel costs associated with medical care
- Compensating for emotional and psychological concerns
- Covering lost wages and employment opportunities
- Providing compensation for difficult losses in relationships
What types of compensation you are awarded depends on the accident, the person’s injury, and several other factors.
Who Pays the Medical Bills?
An injury caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct may leave a person needing considerable medical assistance for emergency care and long-term treatment. The medical bills for these treatments can quickly increase, becoming a staggering burden for the injured individual. Fortunately, however, a person injured in this manner may be able to take legal action to pursue compensation for these expenses, which can be essential when facing mounting medical bills. As such, it’s important for anyone thinking about taking legal action to maintain good records of their medical expenses by keeping track of each of their bills.
Who Pays Surgery Costs?
After a personal injury accident, a person may require extensive medical treatment and ongoing care to repair his or her injuries or mitigate the consequences of the resulting damages. In many cases, this necessary medical treatment includes surgery. Unfortunately, however, surgery and the medical care related to surgery can be expensive and difficult to cover without the full compensation the victim deserves from the party at fault for the accident.
If you have sustained an injury due to another person’s negligent or reckless conduct, you may need dedicated legal assistance to help you secure the financial compensation you need to cover your surgical costs.
How Much to Ask for in a Personal Injury Claim
When calculating the amount of compensation, you need following a personal injury accident. Considering the full scope of medical care and treatment involved with surgery is important. Some of the items to consider include:
- Surgeon’s costs
- Anesthesia expenses
- Hospital stay costs
- Physical therapy bills
- Costs of drugs and pain management medication
- Costs of medical devices inserted during surgery
Once you are awarded compensation in a personal injury claim, you cannot seek additional funds from the same party for the same injury. Thus, it is imperative to make sure that you take into consideration all costs that may arise from medical treatment, such as surgery for your injuries.
How to Maximize Your Personal Injury Settlement
When a person files a claim, they’ll need to be able to show the court a pretty close estimate of how much money was spent on their medical care to be properly compensated. Proving this figure requires precise documentation, usually in the way of showing all medical bills. Thus, a prospective claimant should remember the following:
- Any medical bills, regardless if paid by the claimant or their insurer, should be kept
- Any bills related directly to medical care should also be kept
- Any medical bills sent to the claimant should also be copied and directly sent to the claimant’s legal counsel
- A full bill summary should also be provided to a claimant’s legal counsel
It’s important for a claimant’s attorney to have a crystal-clear picture of how much money was spent on injury treatment and recovery. A bill summary can also help verify these figures, allowing a claimant to argue better for full compensation.
An injury caused by someone else’s irresponsible behavior may leave you with substantial treatment and recovery expenses that may be more than you can pay. However, the party at fault for your injury may be obligated to cover these treatment costs. For a free consultation regarding your eligibility to file a claim, contact a New York personal injury lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 today.